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Coryander

Is this a bone? Of which animal?

It's a little heavy, weighing 40 grams. The maximum length is 70 millimeters; the thinnest section is 15x30mm.

 

Maybe not a fossil, but I am curious.

 

Found it in Algarve, Portugal (miocene, I guess).

 

I would also ask you to please advise me how to preserve it. Shall I varnish it?

 

Thank you.

 

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Kane

It looks modern, but the one way to be certain is to apply a flame. If it smells of burnt hair, then it is likely modern. 

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ynot

Modern or fossil, it is to worn to identify.

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Coryander

Could this be a tuna bone?

 

A few years ago, I found on same beach what may be a tuna vertebrae:

 

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ynot

Would need pictures from all sides to be able to make an identification.

Most fish verts are not diagnostic of species anyways, so getting an id may not be possible.

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Harry Pristis
8 hours ago, Coryander said:

Is this a bone? Of which animal?

It's a little heavy, weighing 40 grams. The maximum length is 70 millimeters; the thinnest section is 15x30mm.

 

Maybe not a fossil, but I am curious.

 

Found it in Algarve, Portugal (miocene, I guess).

 

I would also ask you to please advise me how to preserve it. Shall I varnish it?

 

Thank you.

 

 

This bone fragment appears to be the tip of the body of a calcaneum.  It was a young animal, since the epiphysis is not fully fused, but identification beyond that is fraught with difficulty.

 

 

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Coryander

Harry Pristis, your approach is very consistent. I believe Bos taurus would be a strong possibility.

Thank you.

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